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enthusiasm

en·thu·si·asm

enthusiasm

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn thu zi ae zm
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: intense interest or excitement concerning; zeal.
I had very little enthusiasm for this latest business venture of his.The fans were full of enthusiasm at the beginning of the season.She showed so much enthusiasm about the job that he couldn't turn her down.
synonyms:
ebullience, excitement, exuberance, zeal
antonyms:
apathy, disinclination, indifference
similar words:
abandon, anticipation, ardor, excitement, fanaticism, fervor, gusto, intensity, interest, mania, passion, relish, verve, vigor, vitality, warmth, zest
definition 2: something that causes such interest or involvement.
Horseracing is one of his few enthusiasms.
synonyms:
interest, love, passion
similar words:
hobby, mania
Word History
Enthusiasm comes from an ancient Greek word that means "to be god-inspired."